Andy Ruiz Flexes His “A Side” Muscles Regarding Joshua Rematch


Very clearly, Andy Ruiz is soaking up every second of these 15 minutes, but we are ten minutes in roughly, and so talk is ramping up now on when we see Ruiz glove up next.

Of course, the context of that is, when will Ruiz rematch Anthony Joshua, the massively muscled Brit who had jaws dropping wheh we saw him dropping to the mat, at Madison Square Garden June 1. It wasn’t supposed to go like this, Ruiz subbed in for Jarrell Miller and was supposed to be a resume filler/builder. Theater of the unexpected, though, remember?

So, today, the portly pugilist gets mobbed, mini mobbed, as he’s out and about, as his growing fan base gets amped to see the Cali based Mexican scrapper who turned the world of boxing on its ear.

The hubbub is at the level where you get TMZ video-graphers knowing that a Ruiz blurb can do decent eyeballs on TMZ Sports; on Thursday, a TMZ shooter caught Ruiz signing autographs, and asked the 29 year old where he stood regarding a Joshua rematch.

He hears that AJ is training hard for the rematch, he said, and “I want the rematch to be in Mexico or New York City again,” he stated, not missing a beat with the Sharpie. Or, he added, “Vegas…or here at the Staples Center.”

But wait…doesn’t AJ have leverage, being that his team set up terms for a rematch, in anticipation of something like this occuring? “It doesn’t matter, because I’m the champion,” said Ruiz, who on Wednesday snagged an Upset of the Year ESPY.

Noted; now, I think it’s more accurate to say that the existing terms matter most. Is there wiggle room in there for site? Or no? Does Team Joshua have final and total say as to WHERE a sequel would unfold? If yes, we think he’d want home turf to give him a sense of familiarity, right? Somewhere in the UK would make sense to us, being that, I don’t know, maybe MSG would give Joshua a brown-acid flashback?

“Call the shots…we’re the A side,” Ruiz continued.

And, he was asked to re-iterate where he’d like to do a dance sequel with AJ. “Not the UK,” he said.

So…is this posturing….Will lawyers be getting involved? Chris Mannix works for DAZN, and has great intel, we’d think, about the structure of the rematch contract. Here’s what he Tweeted:

Theater of the unexpected always is giving us unforeseen angles and news bursts. I suspect more is to come in this story…



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Editor/publisher Michael Woods became addicted to boxing in 1990, when Buster Douglas shocked the world with his demolition of the fearsome Mike Tyson. The Brooklyn-based journalist Woods has covered the sport since then, for ESPN The Magazine,, ESPN New York, RING, and he was editor of from 2007-2015. Woods is also an accomplished blow by blow and color man, having done work for Top Rank, DiBella Entertainment, EPIX, and numerous other organizations.

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